Things to do in Autumn in Manchester

The Flaming Lips

Gig

The Flaming Lips

6 Sep

Manchester Academy

From£46.00

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Friday Barrel of Laughs

Comedy

Friday Barrel of Laughs

6 Sep

Frog And Bucket

From£21.00

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Che Lingo

Club

Che Lingo

7 Sep

YES

From£12.00

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BOYZLIFE

Gig

BOYZLIFE

8 Sep

Manchester Academy

From£34.00

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White Tee Tour | Manchester

Club

White Tee Tour | Manchester

17 Sep

Manchester City Centre

From£6.00

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Manchester Freshers Welcome Party | ZOO Theme Special

Club

Manchester Freshers Welcome Party | ZOO Theme Special

19 Sep

Walkabout Printworks Manchester

From£6.00

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Lewis Capaldi

Gig

Lewis Capaldi

23 Sep

Manchester Academy

From£123.00

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Fetty Wap

Club

Fetty Wap

26 Sep

Manchester Academy

From£35.00

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Pure Garage Reloaded [Second Date Added]

Club

Pure Garage Reloaded [Second Date Added]

27 Sep

Albert Hall

From£34.00

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Joe, Brandy And Dru Hill

Gig

Joe, Brandy And Dru Hill

29 Sep

Manchester Academy

From£40.00

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Chalk Events does Charity

Club

Chalk Events does Charity

1 Oct

Fatsoma Limited

From£0.00

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Alice Cooper

Gig

Alice Cooper

4 Oct

Manchester Arena

From£65.00

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JP Cooper

Gig

JP Cooper

8 Oct

Manchester Academy

From£70.00

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MURKAGE DAVE: KEEP UP THE BAD WORK TOUR

Club

MURKAGE DAVE: KEEP UP THE BAD WORK TOUR

10 Oct

Gorilla

From£11.00

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John Mayer

Gig

John Mayer

18 Oct

Manchester Arena

From£52.00

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Havok 24

Club

Havok 24

19 Oct

Joshua Brooks

From£12.00

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Cher - Here We Go Again

Gig

Cher - Here We Go Again

24 Oct

Manchester Arena

From£103.00

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Retro Albert Hall 2.0

Club

Retro Albert Hall 2.0

26 Oct

Albert Hall

From£30.00

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Albert Lee

Albert Lee

29 Oct

The Lowry

From£31.00

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OMD Manchester Afterparty Special With Take On Me Club Night DJs

Club

OMD Manchester Afterparty Special With Take On Me Club Night DJs

1 Nov

Zombie Shack

From£7.00

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Squeeze

Gig

Squeeze

3 Nov

The Lowry

From£33.00

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Elio Pace's Billy Joel Songbook

Elio Pace's Billy Joel Songbook

4 Nov

The Lowry

From£27.00

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BIG COUNTRY

Gig

BIG COUNTRY

9 Nov

Gorilla

From£25.00

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Christina Aguilera

Gig

Christina Aguilera

12 Nov

Manchester Arena

From£60.00

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Little Mix

Gig

Little Mix

16 Nov

Manchester Arena

From£52.00

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Rod Stewart -

Gig

Rod Stewart -

23 Nov

Manchester Arena

From£66.00

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Beat the Frog

Comedy

Beat the Frog

25 Nov

Frog And Bucket

From£6.00

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Quantic Manchester

Gig

Quantic Manchester

27 Nov

Gorilla

From£79.00

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Quantic (live)

Club

Quantic (live)

27 Nov

Gorilla

From£21.00

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Sigrid

Gig

Sigrid

29 Nov

Manchester Academy

From£29.00

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After the lazy haze of summer, and probably one too many day drinking sessions, autumn is often the feared month that brings us back to reality. September is the start of the school year, and October usually marks the beginning of the blustery, cool weather to come. But it’s not quite time to dive under the duvet just yet, with so many fun events to look forward to in Manchester this autumn.

Like the trees, the city transforms at this time of year, made colourful and vibrant with great festivals like Manchester Literature Festival, Festejar, Oktoberfest, and Manchester Food and Drink Festival. Food features prominently in Manchester’s autumnal programme, where it’s perfectly fine to indulge in this season’s culinary delights of pumpkins, pies and parsnips – oh and beer, beer and more beer (it’s called a ‘summer’ body for a reason!). But if food fests still leave you hungry for more, autumn also marks two of the best holidays in your calendar. Halloween takes over Manchester’s squares and streets with costumes, a parade and creepy decorations, while Bonfire Night lights up the city’s skies from a number of exciting firework displays around the city.

Autumn is also the most stunning time of year to wrap up warm and take a stroll outside. Luckily Manchester isn’t all skyscrapers and remnants of its industrial roots, encompassing plenty of leafy parks and gardens to enjoy the season of change in action. But if muddy wellies and the sound of crunchy leaves don’t warm your heart, stay cosy with Manchester’s range of indoor activities and things to do. In the build up to Christmas, there’s often great films coming out at the cinema, while autumn also sparks a shake up in the city’s theatre programme. Manchester is home to so many spectacular theatres, such as the Palace, Opera House and Lowry, hosting showstopping musicals, dramas and all sorts of entertainment.

Summer may be bidding farewell for another year, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. Get inspired with our guide to things to do in Manchester this autumn.

Upcoming events in Manchester this autumn

Find more things to do this autumn with our monthly guides

Festivals in Manchester this autumn

If you missed out on Manchester’s summer supply, don’t worry, as more festivals are on the way this autumn. There’s plenty on the programme for foodies so prepare for some epic feasts, but there’s also several that celebrate the performing arts, international culture, the latest advances in science and technology and much more. Take a look at the festivals coming up in autumn in Manchester here:

Curious about other festivals happening in Manchester? Read our complete festival guide to the city.

Halloween events in Manchester

Up north, we love to celebrate anything and everything. But when it comes to the witching hour, we go all out. Costumes, carvings, ghosts and ghouls, you name it! Manchester becomes possessed by Halloween, as both local and city wide events take shape. Enjoy parades, ghost trains, children’s parties and much more…

Find more inspiration on what to do in Manchester on Halloween with our dedicated guide.

Bonfire Night events in Manchester

One of the most spectacular things to do in winter in Manchester is cosy up before a bonfire and watch impressive fireworks displays. There’s nothing that makes you feel more like a child than being part of the ooing and aaahing crowd gazing up at a sky full of rockets and sparkle! Find out which displays are taking place in the city or check out our Bonfire Night guide to Manchester for more.

Theatre in Manchester

With the change of season comes a change in Manchester’s theatre programme. It’s the perfect treat for those suffering with back to work or back to school blues, and there’s certainly some good shows opening this year.

Love going to the theatre? Discover our Manchester theatre guide for more.

Things to do for families in autumn

Yes we all love conker collecting, but there’s only so many times this will keep the little ones entertained. Luckily autumn has lots of family-friendly events in Manchester for you and the kids to enjoy together. Take a look and start putting some dates in the diary.

For more things to do for families, check out our family events in Manchester guide.

Films to see this autumn

In the months before Christmas, some of the most highly-anticipated films are released. Autumn is often referred to as ‘Oscar’ season too with lots of Academy Award bait going on. So for film lovers, the season is the perfect opportunity to head to to the cinema and start making your predictions.

Check out the new releases for this autumn here.

Autumn walks in Manchester

Surrounding the city of Manchester are spectacular places to enjoy nature doing what it does best. Autumn is perhaps the most dazzling time of year to take a walk in the park, and countryside across Greater Manchester and Cheshire are picturesque to say the least.

Whether it’s gazing at wildlife or appreciating historic architecture of old halls and manors, you could spend the season in awe. With many of these fantastic places only a short drive from the city centre, it’s easy to discover a different park every weekend. So grab your coats and boots and head outside with one of these great autumn walks around Manchester.

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